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A Numbers Game?

Many doctors, patients, journalists, and politicians alike do not understand what health statistics mean or draw wrong conclusions without noticing.

Politicians use them to win votes, pharmaceutical companies to market products, and the media to spice up their headlines - statistics are ubiquitous. But how well are they understood? Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Dartmouth Medical School, writing in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, warn us about the pitfalls of statistics and tell us how to interpret them more easily and accurately.

The Study

Gigerenzer, G. et al. (2008). Helping Doctors and Patients make Sense of Health Statistics. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 8(2), 53-96.

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Teaser: Statistik
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